Nutrition for Seniors

Friday, June 12, 2015

Our bodies change as we age. Seniors have very different nutritional needs than teenagers, children and even middle-aged adults. Dr. Edward Hill discusses nutrition for seniors in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Food provides the energy and nutrients you need to be healthy. Nutrients include proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

For senior adults, the benefits of healthy eating include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, and better management of chronic health problems.

Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain cancers. As you age, you might need less energy. But you still need just as many of the nutrients in food.

To get them:

Choose a variety of healthy foods.

Avoid empty calories, which are foods with lots of calories but few nutrients, such as chips, cookies, soda and alcohol.

Pick foods that are low in cholesterol and fat, especially saturated and trans fats.

As we age, eating well can also be the key to a positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced. Whatever your age, eating well should be all about good food and eating with friends

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.